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Dec 14, 2018

Advisor discretion and why it matters to digital marketing

It’s more important than ever for sales and marketing teams to know who their advisors are – and that includes knowing how they make investment decisions. Over the past few years, regulatory and economic pressures have driven big change in the business models and practices of financial advisors.

Dec 13, 2018

Planning for technology stack success

Are you confident with your technology partners? To be certain, ask these key questions when considering a new technology or when there are signs that a current partner is no longer the right fit.

Dec 12, 2018

2019 will be the year of the Opportunity Zone Fund

2019 is shaping up to be the year of the Opportunity Zone Fund. The most notable theme we see ahead in the next 12 months is the rush by investment managers to identify and invest in opportunities in real estate and operating businesses in a designated Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ). 

Dec 12, 2018

Jurisdictional variances for AIFMD Annex IV reporting

There is a variety of different reporting jurisdictions based on AIFM domiciles, which can create confusion and difficulty when submitting reports due to the different formats accepted and variation in submission portals. On top of that, some jurisdictions have different deadlines – meaning, if you are a manager that files to more than one jurisdiction, you may have two slightly different deadline dates and are therefore at risk of missing one.

Dec 11, 2018

5 areas to mark off your 2018 financial review checklist

The end of the year is a great time to take a step back and do a financial review, especially if your investment mix, risk tolerance, or time horizon has changed recently. When meeting with your financial advisor, consider whether these areas of your life are on track.

Dec 10, 2018

Making the case for alternative data to improve portfolio performance

Ernst & Young’s 2017 Global Hedge Fund and Investor Survey showed that 78 percent of hedge funds currently use or expect to use alternative, or non-traditional data, in their investment process. That number is up from 52 percent the year before. For investment firms grasping for alpha in the midst of margin pressures, alternative data presents a compelling opportunity. But, despite the growing recognition of its potential value, myriad challenges keep some firms from going all-in on alternative data.

Dec 6, 2018

The evolution of an independent advisory firm

J.P. King Advisors, founded back in 1981 by Jim King, is one of the original, pioneering, fee-based independent firms. The illustrious history of the firm, now in its fourth decade of serving clients in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a fascinating example of how a focus on business and practice management can keep a firm alive, well and growing into the next generation of management.

Dec 5, 2018

Beyond social media: Leveraging industry knowledge and networking to advance professional goals

We should be using social media platforms to promote not only our own capabilities but also those of our employer or business – and, online networking sites shouldn’t be the only channel we use to network and promote ourselves. Here are three recent examples of how the Real Assets team leveraged various networking and promotion opportunities for personal and professional development.